Nov. 16, 2011
PROVIDENCE HOSTS NORTHEASTERN... Providence will complete its string of five consecutive home games on Friday, November 18 against Northeastern. The Friars are seeking their first five-game win streak since the 2005-06 season.
HOME SWEET HOME... The Friars have a 6-1-1 record at home this season, including a 4-0 mark in Hockey East games at Schneider Arena. In the eight home games, the Friars have outscored opponents, 32-19, and are 11-for-48 (.229) on the power play.
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS NORTHEASTERN... In 140 all-time meetings between the two teams, PC leads, 76-50-14, including a 38-19-8 mark in Providence. Last season, the Friars posted a 1-1-1 record against the Huskies with the win (3-2) coming at Schneider Arena on October 8 in the season opener. The two teams played to a 3-3 overtime tie on November 19 before the Huskies took the final meeting (5-0) on November 20.
SCOUTING NORTHEASTERN... Northeastern comes into Friday’s game looking to end a seven-game winless streak. The Huskies dropped a heartbreaker at No. 2 Boston College, 2-1, on Friday, November 11. The Eagles scored in the final seconds of the third period to take the win. The Huskies also were defeated at UMass, 4-2, on November 12 despite having a 2-1 lead late in the second period. Justin Daniels leads the team in scoring with eight points on five goals and three assists. Ludwig Karlsson (3 g 4 a) and Vinny Saponari (1 g, 6 a) are tied for second with seven points each. In goal, Chris Rawlings has played in nine games and has posted a 2.84 goals against average and a .922 save percentage.
FRIAR QUICK NOTES... • After 10 games, the Friars are off to their best since the 2003-04 season when they started 6-2-2. • Providence has won four consecutive games for the first time since the 2008-09 season. • Senior Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ont.) recorded his second career shutout on Friday, November 11. His only other collegiate shutout came on November 5, 2010, in a 2-0 win against Merrimack. • The Friars, who had two games in which they scored five goals or more last season, have recorded five goals or more in four of the nine contests this season. • Providence has already surpassed last season’s total with four short-handed goals. • The Friars have scored at least one power-play goal in eight of the nine games. • Freshman Damian Cross (Nepean, Ont.) has posted one point in six of the last seven games. • Junior Myles Harvey (Orlando, Fla.), who has eight points, has nearly tripled his point total from his first two seasons (three points).
RECAP VERSUS ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE... Friday, November 11 - Providence 3, Alabama-Huntsville 0 Alex Beaudry stopped all 21 shots he faced to lead the Friars to victory over Alabama-Huntsville. Sophomore Kevin Hart (Cumberland, Maine) scored his first career goal to give the Friars a 1-0 lead in the first period. Freshman Drew Brown (Grass Lake, Mich.) scored early in the second period, while junior Tim Schaller (Merrimack, N.H.) added a power-play goal late in the third period to seal the win. The Friars went 2-for-4 on the power play and outshot the Chargers 48-21, including 19 shots in the first period. Beaudry recorded his first shutout of the season. Clarke Saunders made 45 saves for the Chargers.
Saturday, November 12 - Providence 4, Alabama-Huntsville 2... Providence completed the sweep with a 4-2 triumph over the Chargers. Sophomore Steven Shamanski (Carberry, Man.) gave the Friars a 1-0 first period lead with his second goal of the season, while Tim Schaller’s power-play goal increased the lead to 2-0. After UAH cut the lead to 2-1 late in the second, sophomore Derek Army (North Kingstown, R.I.) helped the Friars regain their two-goal edge (3-1) with his fourth goal of the season. Schaller then added his second of the night to bump the lead to 4-1. In goal, senior Justin Gates (Cranston, R.I.), who was making his first start of the season, stopped 16 shots to earn the win.
GOALS COMING IN BUNCHES FOR SCHALLER... Tim Schaller, who totaled seven goals in his first two seasons (67 games) at Providence, has a team-high eight goals in 10 games this season. Schaller has a four-game goal streak and has totaled seven goals over that span. Schaller has five power-play goals and one short-handed. He scored his first career hat trick on November 4 versus Vermont and for his efforts he earned Hockey East Player of the Week honors on November 7. Most recently, Schaller had two goals against Alabama-Huntsville on November 12. He is tied for the team lead with 10 points.
POWER SURGE... The Friars, who had four power-play goals in the first six games, have scored eight on the man advantage in the last four games (8-25 - 32%). On November 4, Providence totaled three power-play goals, marking the most by a Friar team since February 19, 2010 when Providence scored three on the man-advantage against Boston University. The Friars have climbed into 22nd nationally on the power play with a 20.3 percentage. Tim Schaller is tied for third in the nation with five power-play goals.
FRIARS ON THE PENALTY KILL... The Providence penalty kill has thwarted 32 of the last 34 penalties (94.1), including nine against Vermont on Friday, November 4. The Friars rank third in Hockey East and 13th in the nation on the penalty kill (87.9 %). In addition, the Friars are tied for first in the nation with four short-handed goals and Tim Schaller is tied for second in the nation with two short-handed goals. In Hockey East games only, Providence is first in the league (.919).
SCORING EARLY AND SCORING LATE... The Friars are outscoring their opponents, 13-4, in the first period. Providence has scored at least one goal in the first period in nine of the first 10 games, including three goals in the opening period of a 5-3 victory over No. 7 Boston University on October 14. The Friars also have scored 14 goals in the third period, but have the best scoring margin (+9) in the first period.
HARVEY ON THE OFFENSIVE... Junior Myles Harvey who did not score a goal in his first two seasons (53 games) has four goals this season, which is second on the team. He also is third on the team with eight points.
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